When I was little I can remember stocking fillers being so exciting. I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to the stocking and see what we had. The little bits and pieces were always the best bits and could keep us entertained for hours. Even now, as a fully fledged adult with 2 kids of my own, on the odd occasion that we spend Christmas eve with my parents I will wake to a fully stocking in the morning.
That tradition, of stockings for adults, is something we are starting to carry on in our own home. The boys know that Santa doesn’t bring the stockings for the grown ups, and having them in on the act and choosing the items to go in the stockings is half of the fun. If you’re looking for stocking fillers for adults or kids then I’ve got some great idea’s for this Christmas.
Eco Friendly Gifts
We all know that disposable straws are bad for the environment, but some people still enjoy using them. A pack of glass straws is a great way to give them something they can actually use! Engineered in Germany from toughened glass, they deliver a 100% pure taste as they are free from plastics, toxins, mineral oils and BPA.
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Taking your own water bottle with you when you go out and about is the best way to avoid single use plastic, but if you’re anything like us then they can take a bit of a battering if you only have one. A Brita Fill & Go Active bottle is the perfect size for popping in a stocking. They come in 4 different colours, have MicroDiscs for filtration in real time while you drink and are dishwasher safe.
A kids stocking wouldn’t be complete without including some toys now would it! I prefer to spend a little more and get them items that I know they’re really love, rather than filling it with rubbish that they’re not going to play with after Christmas has passed. A few carefully selected items can have far more impact than products for the sake of it.
My boys have been loving playing with their Ricky Zoom playset this recently and so I’m looking forward to their reaction to having more of the Ricky Zoom characters to play with.
A cute and interactive toy that fits nicely inside a stocking is a Fingerling. My boys both have Fingerling Dinosaurs from previous years and they go to them time and time again. I have to admit that I don’t really understand the purpose of them – but the kids seem to get it so that’s all that matters!
Beauty And Skincare Gifts
I am loving the come back of bars of soap, but I find it quite difficult to manage the logistics of it when we’re away from home. This super cute Peter Rabbit soap in a tin not only has a clean linen scent, it is also perfect for travel. It is small and perfectly stocking filler sized and makes a lovely gift.
Balade en Provence have a range of solid beauty bars for the face, hair and body. They are vegan and organic, zero waste, cruelty free, palm oil free and packaged in compostable packaging printed with vegetable ink. In short – they have none of the usual plastic rubbish that you usually find shoved into a stocking. The natural products and gentle on sensitive skin – the Bébé Pur Body Bar is my personal favourite.
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Another vegan friendly soap option comes from the Blue Beards Revenge. They have a great Soap Stack Kit, designed for men but anyone could use them. Each of the bars comes in an iconic ingot shape and has their own unique scent to leave them feeling fresh straight out of the shower. You can gift the set to one person, or split them out for 3 different stocking fillers if you’re buying for a few people.
Aftershaves are always really popular in my family, and the Original Blend Eau De Toilette from The Blue Beards Revenge is no exception. It is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and blended and bottled in the UK. The bottle features a hand drawn design, a boat on the sea, that encapsulates the essence of the fragrance. It compliments a traditional wet shave, which is becoming increasingly popular again these days.
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Yardley offer a softer fragrance for women with a body spray gift set. There are 3 scents included, English Lavender, English Rose and Lily of The Valley. Perfect for popping in a handbag for a freshen up on the go.
Byre Body Wash is formulated with sweet whey powder from British cows and enriched with aloe vera and sustainable poppy seed oil. I can personally confirm that it helps to keep your skin hydrated after just a few uses and as it is derived from 96% natural ingredients it is gentle on sensitive skin. Free from parabens, silicones, synthetic colours and mineral oils it is also vegetarian friendly. The bottle is the perfect size for dropping in to a stocking, and the milk bottle theme can raise a bit of a giggle too.
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The winter often leaves hands dry, and with the increased hand washing and use of hand sanitisers right now it is worse than ever. The Blackberry & Thyme Intensive Hand Balm from Woods Of Windsor is paraben free and derived from 91% natural ingredients. Drop a tub into the stocking of something you think would appreciate a little hand TLC this year.
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I always love to include something Christmas themed on our stockings, and it’s often a tree decoration for using the next year. I think this Butterfly Ornament by Willow Tree is absolutely beautiful and would look lovely all year round. At 12cm high and with a sparkly white ribbon for hanging she can be a larger free ornament or hang off of something else in your house into the new year and beyond.
My kids are Toy Story mad, and I can’t wait to see their faces when they open their new Toy Story bamboo mugs this year. Featuring Woody and Buzz, the twin set is the perfect accessory for a kids sized hot chocolate. At 8.5cm high they are a great size for little hands to hold, and they’re dishwasher safe which is a must for us. I might need to look for a cute mug for JHogg and I too!
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I was sent these items in exchange for inclusion in this guide. All opinions are my own.
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